While every care is taken to protect, repair and save all teeth, occasionally the only option is to surgically extract problematic teeth. Also known as exodontia, dental extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including extensive tooth decay that renders a tooth non-restorable, impacted wisdom teeth and the need to make space for orthodontic treatment.
Some extractions can be relatively straightforward and simple, difficult extractions require extra attention and care. X-rays often show whether a tooth extraction will prove difficult by revealing the tooth structure beneath the gum line before the extraction commences. Teeth that don’t have a good, solid structure or that have a pre-existing crown or other dental modification also increase the risk of complications.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The last teeth to emerge in a person’s mouth are called wisdom teeth, located at the back of both the upper and lower row of teeth. Surfacing much later than all other teeth – during the teenage years or later – wisdom teeth often fail to position themselves correctly as they develop. Common complications include swelling, gum disease, damage to other teeth, cysts and other oral issues.
The most common reason for wisdom teeth problems is that there is insufficient room along the jaw for the wisdom teeth to surface completely and ‘fit’ in the mouth. As a result, they can instead become impacted (grow sideways), placing pressure on surrounding bone structures and teeth. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth must be extracted.
The team at Mary River Dental are experienced in surgical extractions. Call us today to book a consultation where we can outline treatment methods, what is involved and how to best care for your oral health post-removal.